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'Fringe's' Joshua Jackson to Star in Showtime's 'Affair'

He joins a cast that includes Dominic West, Maura Tierney and Ruth Wilson in the drama pilot from "In Treatment's" Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi.

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Joshua Jackson has found his next TV gig.

The Fringe star has joined the cast of Showtime's drama pilot The Affair, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

From In Treatment's Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi, the drama will explore two marriages, the affair that disrupts them and the fallout that ensues.

Jackson will play Cole, a hard-edged cowboy who manages a ranch on the eastern tip of Long Island that has been in his family for generations. Cole is married to Allison (Golden Globe nominee Ruth Wilson) a young woman, working in a pancake house, trying to piece her life back together in the wake of a tragedy.

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Their emotionally charged marriage becomes even more complicated when Allison begins an affair with Noah (Golden Globe nominee Dominic West), a New Yorker who is spending the summer with his family out on the island. Emmy nominee Maura Tierney (ER) will play Helen, Noah's college sweetheart, best friend, mother of his children, lover and wife of 17 years, whose world will be buffeted by Noah's infidelity and who, over time, will swing back and forth from understanding to furious, and from forgiving to vengeful.

For Jackson, the role marks his small-screen follow-up to Fox's Fringe, which ended its five-season and 100-episode run in January. His Fringe co-star, Anna Torv, has also gone the premium cable route with a starring role in HBO's Ryan Murphy sexuality drama pilot Open.

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Jackson, repped by CAA, Anonymous Content and Hansen Jacobson, recently starred in features Lay the Favorite and Inescapable. His credits include Dawson's Creek, Bobby, Shutter and Cruel Intentions. On the stage, Jackson had a run on London's West End starring in David Mamet's comedy A Life in the Theatre alongside Patrick Stewart.

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